U.S. Upper Middle Market Activity Jumps 95%, Value Hits $46B
August 05, 2015
The U.S. middle market is still going strong. 464 deals worth $84 billion closed in 2Q, according to our 3Q 2015 U.S. PE Middle Market Report, putting the year on a healthy—if not record-setting—pace. More tellingly, through 1H the middle market still accounted for 72% of all buyout activity, maintaining a record percentage.
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That much activity, however, is doubtless contributing to the rise in median deal multiples and valuations, best manifested by the rise in upper middle market (UMM) numbers. Explore the surge at the upper end of the middle market and other trends like:
Continued strong fundraising numbers, with 83 vehicles amassing $62 billion in capital raised
A growing number of exits in the UMM, which accounted for about 24% of exit flow in 1H